Rambling on after 100 years

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a WALK taking in some of Spen’s most picturesque and historic countryside is to be included in a new centenary walk.

The 28-mile circular route, being devised by Dewsbury and District Ramblers, takes in Dewsbury, Batley, Birstall, Mirfield and the Spen Valley.

It will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the club next year.

Ramblers member Malcolm Haigh outlined the idea for the walk at the Spen Valley Area Committee meeting which was asked to consider granting £2,295 towards the scheme.

Mr Haigh said: “We’ve been walking for 100 years! So we decided it would be nice to mark it by celebrating some of the finest countryside in the area as well as some of the most historic places, such as the route the Luddites took, Robin Hood’s grave, the Quaker burial ground in Hightown and Red House Museum.

“We’re not expecting people to walk the whole 28 miles, so we are breaking it down into six walks of about four to five miles each.”

Around 10,000 walk guides will also be produced to help people follow the route and provide information on local places of interest.

Councillors welcomed the scheme and agreed to the funding. Neighbouring area committees are also being asked for funding.